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Dec 12, 2013 5:57 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Missing Cables Pose Safety Risk at Marina

CORPUS CHRISTI - Residents are worried about a possible safety hazard down at the Peoples Street T-Head.

Lots of people like to walk along the water there, but some cables that run through the bollards are missing.

The cables are there to prevent people from falling into the water.

Residents are mainly worried about small children falling in.

There is a raised step where the bollards sit along most of the T-Head, but there are some areas that are flat for drainage purposes, and those areas are much easier for kids to walk off into the water, especially if there aren't any cables.

"That's dangerous... Yeah, I wouldn't have my kids anywhere around that," one man told us.

We spoke to Peter Davidson, the Marina Director.

He told us the cables and the bollards there are being replaced because they were corroded. They had rusted too much.

The cables have been gone for about a month, and he says the new cables should be up soon.

We asked if there should be some kind of barricade or hazard sign up to show repairs are going on and that the cables aren't there.

"Yeah I mean you can do that to the whole marina and then you're blocking wheel chair access and you know, that type of stuff," Davidson says.

And some residents told us it really just comes down to common sense. People should watch where they and their kids are going.

"It's common sense. I'm a big common sense kind of person. You know, you can see it's missing. So I mean it's not really safe to go over there," the man told us.

There are other sections along the T-head where cables have been replaced with a single chain-link.

Another possible safety concern, but Davidson tells us the chain-link is for triathlon competitors. The chain-link allows access to the water.

The Marina does plan to replaced all the cables on that T-head eventually, so keep an eye out for more gaps in the cables in the near future.

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